Truly inspiring to see the great story of Deva in the pages of Willamette Week. How brave this solitary man is to push news reporters from the view of a protest. What right do they have to be there? what right do they have to show these protests to the world? After all, everyone reads independent media sources and is too smart to pay attention to Corporate Media Vultures, Right?
Actually, this is not so. With the actions of people like Deva, many people may not get to see that indeed, there is a healthy anti-war and anti-imperialism movement growing in the United States. Media outlets may feel that since it appears dangerous to approach these protest, they can simply report from a distance, even from a helicopter, and never interview a single participant.
We may not trust the people behind NBC, ABC, etc. but they are the only way many people will see this.
Please don't censor my 'dissent against the dissenters' message, a practice that I have heard is getting more common on Portland Indymedia.